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In order to protect and conserve crucial groundwater resources in aquifers for residents during the remainder of the dry season, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Lee County announced mandatory irrigation restrictions. These restrictions are to address low aquifer levels that can lead to homeowner water wells becoming inoperable if left unchecked.

Landscape Irrigation Restrictions

Lee County Water Restrictions (Excluding Cape Coral)

  1. All wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited.
  2. Even-numbered addresses (based on the last number of the address), locations with irrigation systems that irrigate both even and odd-numbered addresses within the same zones, such as multi- family units and homeowners' associations, and rights-of-way or other locations with no address, may only irrigate on Sundays.
  3. Odd-numbered addresses (based on the last number of the address) may only irrigate on Wednesdays.
  4. All landscape irrigation is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
  5. Use of 100% reclaimed water are not restricted. However, your reclaimed water providers may have local restrictions in place. Please check with your water provider for more information.
  6. Low volume irrigation, i.e., drip irrigation and microjet irrigation, must be reduced.
  7. Hand watering using a self-canceling nozzle is allowed anytime for no more than 10 minutes a day.
  8. Irrigation of landscaping which have been in place for less than 30 days, is
  9. Restricted to the hours of 4 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for less than 5 irrigated acres.  
  10. Restricted to the hours of 12 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for equal to or more than 5 irrigated acres.
  11. Water use for cleaning, adjusting, or repairing irrigation systems is:
  12. Restricted to 10 minutes per zone, per week, for existing irrigation
  13. Restricted to 10 minutes per zone on a one-time basis, for new irrigation systems.
  14. Landscape Irrigation Restriction Details for City of Cape Coral

Cape Coral-Only Water Restrictions

  1. All wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited.
  2. Low volume irrigation, i.e., drip irrigation and microjet irrigation must be reduced.
  3. Hand watering using a self-canceling nozzle is allowed anytime for no more than 10 minutes a day.
  4. Landscape irrigation for existing installations is limited to one day per week as listed below. 
    • For existing installations less than 5 irrigated acres, landscape irrigation shall be restricted for all types of irrigation, as set forth below:
      • Locations with an address that ends in 0 may only irrigate on Monday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 1 may only irrigate on Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. 
      • Locations with an address that ends in 2 may only irrigate on Thursday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 3 may only irrigate on Wednesday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 4 may only irrigate on Sunday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 5 may only irrigate on Saturday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 6 may only irrigate on Thursday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 7 may only irrigate on Wednesday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 8 may only irrigate on Sunday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
      • Locations with an address that ends in 9 may only irrigate on Saturday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
    • Existing locations with no address, or which irrigate both odd and even-numbered addresses, including multi-family units, may only irrigate on Monday from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    • Existing locations equal to or more than 5 irrigated acres, including those which irrigate both odd and even-numbered addresses, such as multi- family units, may only irrigate on Monday from 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  5. Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45-day establishment period is permitted on any day of the week from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

How to set your Irrigation Timer

If you have an irrigation timer that automatically runs, you will need to have it set to the new schedule, or you can set it yourself with these simple instructions. 


The new irrigation restrictions apply in all parts of Lee County and go into effect April 25. Learn more about the restrictions at www.SFWMD.gov/Conserve.

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